Need help on MF with D60


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Shadow Moses
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Hi, I have recently brought my d60 and tried using the kit lens for quite awhile.
I went to loan a 50mm 1.8 from Camera Rental and i use it with my D60.
I read up on how to manual focus but every time i try to focus with the 50mm 1.8 lens, most of the time the images will be blur despite the green dot being present there. I also notice that the green dot will stay there for quite a small range.

Any pros can help/advice on this? I will be greatful :D
 

Baracus

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It could be due to camera shake. Make sure your shutter speed is more than your focal length. In your case, >1/50. Small range of focus is due to shallow DOF. Use f4 or higher aperture.
 

Jamesf

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Hi, I have recently brought my d60 and tried using the kit lens for quite awhile.
I went to loan a 50mm 1.8 from Camera Rental and i use it with my D60.
I read up on how to manual focus but every time i try to focus with the 50mm 1.8 lens, most of the time the images will be blur despite the green dot being present there. I also notice that the green dot will stay there for quite a small range.

Any pros can help/advice on this? I will be greatful :D
Hope this will help:
- make sure your subject is not closer than the minimum focusing distance of the lens
- with aperture wide open, the DOF is shallow and render other part of the subject not in focus especially if the subject is very closed
- handshake while releasing shutter will cause blur, especially if the shutter speed is slow as the 50mm lens has no VR
- if subject is near, the in-focus range is small (thus the green dot range), especially when wide open

By the way, I am no pro but using D60 with MF lenses quite often. ;)
 

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for widest apertures, do note that DOF of lenses usually occur as a thin plane.. if you cannot get enough DOF.. tilt the camera and adjust till the subject is within the plane of focus...
 

luna_sea83

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use the rangefinder feature on the cam, its much better then depending on the dot
 

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yup, try turning on the rangefinder.. it'll complement the use of the focus indicator. pg 116 of ur manual should give a pretty good idea on how to interpret the rangefinder display. :)
 

May 21, 2008
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Shadow Moses
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Hi, Thanks all for the helpful comments :D
I wanted to use the rangefinder but I find the indicator and the dot is roughly the same and also I cannot use it on M mode.
And to Mr psychobiologist I don't really know what you meant by tilt my camera that part, you mind explaining?
I think the dot and the focus indicator in the rangefinder as it will say its focus within a certain range like when you rotate slight bit of the ring it will still say its focus but in actual fact a tiny bit already blur the image quite alot ( correct me if I am wrong )

I will attach my pictures below

Really Appreciate the help :)
 

May 21, 2008
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Shadow Moses
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Maybe I should have bought 450D...?

The eye part looks oof
Don't care about the colors




 

luna_sea83

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keep shooting with the rangefinder feature, use aperture mode. thats how i start it off, soon u be used to MF :)
 

May 21, 2008
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Shadow Moses
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Is there any other way? cause i want to tweak my shutter speed and aperture as well..
 

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